The Magic Roundabout (1964– )
"Le manège enchanté" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Jacques Bodoin ...
 Pollux (voice)
Serge Danot ...
 Ambroise (voice)
Micheline Dax ...
 Azalée (voice)
 Pollux (voice)
Christian Riehl ...
 Pollux (voice)
Eric Thompson ...
 Narrator / ... (voice)


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1964 (France)  »

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Le manège enchanté  »

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The programme started life as a French children's TV series "Le Manège Enchanté" (The Magic Roundabout). Dougal the Dog was named Pollux in the original French version and spoke French with a strong English accent. The animation was done by Ivor Wood who later went on to animate The Herbs (1968), The Wombles (1973), _"Paddington" (1975)_ and Postman Pat (1981). Eric Thompson was asked to narrate a translation of the French script, but chose instead to discard the French script and devise his own stories, based purely on what was happening on-screen. See more »


Referenced in Ideal: The Night (2007) See more »

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Good for adults, too
15 November 2001 | by (scotland) – See all my reviews

It's great the way Eric Thompson added his own witty commentary to a French children's programme. That's what made it so good. He watched it with the sound turned off and devised his own narration in a manner similar to Woody Allen in "What's Up Tiger Lily". A lot of the humour was a bit too advanced for kids and a most of the jokes would have been lost on them but Mums and Dads enjoyed it and this is the reason for the programme's enduring popularity.

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